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    March 25, 2013
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[speaker not understood] schools, the infrastructure of our future and generations to come. second, i'm a long-time believer and advocate of transparency. [speaker not understood] core value that i hold really dear and i think this committee is actually providing the transparency for our tax dollars. and on a personal level i've talked to people who sit on this committee. [speaker not understood], and both of them spoke highly of this committee and the impact that they felt they were able to have and the personal satisfaction they derived from sitting on this committee. i believe i can bring some metrics, focused measurement benchmarking skills that i've learned through large scale project management over the past 13 years in the private sector to this committee. finally, i just wanted to say thank you for your time today
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and thank you generally for the work you're doing for the city of san francisco. i really appreciate it. >> supervisor cohen, did you have any questions? >> thank you. so, mini, maybe you can talk to me about some of the work you've done in the san francisco greater community or some of the other communities you talk to about your civic engagement process, particularly i'm interested in the work you've done within the ethnic minority communities. ~ some projects are in the greater city area. wi-fi, i tried to do it in san francisco and held community meeting in each district. really tried to engage the community to see the benefits in the potential there. we ended up building that
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community wi-fi in mountain view. it required a lot of outreach and it became one of these things where the community really rallied. and i felt like what we were doing was empowering the community to sort of solve problems for themselves in a really powerful way where serve a whole ecosystem of entrepreneurs sprung up to help their neighbors essentially make best use of the wi-fi that we were deploying. to me thatses what seeing the transformation of the community was one of the most satisfying things i was able to see. it was mostly used in low-income. it's a free wi-fi network and it's mostly used by people most in need. >> was that here in san francisco? i'm sorry. that was nonsan francisco. sorry, that was in mountain view. we did a lot of outreach in san francisco. this is a project i worked on in a previous administration. >> okay. all right, perfect. thank you very much. >> you may have mentioned it, but what experience have you
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had looking at large, large projects and involvement with the [speaker not understood] piece of it, with the audit? say it again. >> the audit, have you been involved with any large projects with -- i did do a google audit as my first project at google that i worked on for maybe the first two years. for two years all i was doing was helping -- it wasn't just doing an audith iththv. it was also making sure we could pass an audit. i was the project manager on our billing system. it ended up i worked closely with ernst & young who were the auditors to try it to get our financial system in a state where we could pass that audit. ~ so, i was very hand in hand on that project. >> thank you. next person is susanne berg. good afternoon. so, i lived in san francisco since 2001 and i'm a bay area native and i'm very proud to be a san franciscan. i'm an attorney and spent five
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years as a sole practitioner in san francisco representing local hoas and companies. most recently i've been working for a local san francisco hedge fund located in the divisadero corridor with a staff of three. we invest in date nationwide. and i've had a lot of experience. i've been the director of operations and in-house council so i've had a lot of experience working with our servicers [speaker not understood] other federal regulations a it applies to mortgage residential lending. over the last few years it's heated up. federal experience and our own auditors. for the past 7 years i've been active in the community league of san francisco [speaker not understood] volunteerism, [speaker not understood], and improve the community through effective action and leadership. as a member, my most significant experience has been serving as a delegate to our state public affairs committee which is comprised of all the junior leagues in california that take on national and state issues. part and parcel of this experience is training women
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for advocacy skills to run for office and [speaker not understood] application for commitments. currently i've been co-chairing the committee and it's wonderful working with a diverse population of women from orange county to bakersfield, to fresno, to san francisco. i feel that i'm an excellent candidate for this role given i have a strong understanding of the debt market and the audit process that comes along with them and my desire to ensure women play a strong role in our political process. >> thank you. any questions? seeing none, thank you very much. thank you. >> the next person i have would be kevin harper. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. my wife and i moved into san francisco last year and i've always been involved in the community that i live in. and i view this as a perfect
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opportunity because this is exactly what i know, is government finance. so, it's a good place for me to get started and participating and giving back into the community. 30 years i've been a certified public accountant serving solely local governments. 20 of those years with the international firm of deloitte where i live, their california government audit practice. 10 years ago i left deloitte and started my own cpa firm, again focused serving on local governments. so, i've served dozens of northern california cities and counties. i have conducted over 300 audits. i have audited hundreds of bond issuance, including a couple that would be interesting to note. one, the oakland coliseum refinancing when the raiders moved back into los angeles was one of the most complicated bond financing deals in northern california, and i was involved both on the county of
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alameda side and the city of oakland side because i was the partner in charge of both the those audits at the time. also when the city and county of san francisco had a lawsuit regarding the 1997 bond funds of the school district, the city attorney's office hired me as a expert witness in helping to compile some of the information needed to go to court. the mission of my cpa firm is to help government improve their internal administrative operationses. so, my passion for community service aligns directly with my, with my profession as well. it's what i know and what i love. the prior community service that i have that i think would be helpful in this role is that i served as an elected school
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board member in new haven unified school district for two terms including serving as the president. i was the elected auditor at the city of alameda. i served on the citizens oversight committee and the citizens watchdog committee of the alameda county transportation commission. again, overseeing this exact kind of situation of bond funding and grant funding. i served as the president of the [speaker not understood] community college foundation. i served as the treasurer of the oakland chamber of commerce, many other boards and commissions. and, so, i feel like i could step into this position and play a helpful role quickly. i certainly understand the exact purpose of the committee related to assuring that the dollars are spent in accordance with the agreement set up with the community when they voted
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to approve the bond. so, assuring the public trust, assuring that new bonds can be approved when the city decides to go back and ask for more bond from the community and assuring that the bond rating of the city remains strong. so, with that i thank you for the opportunity to talk with you and hope to have a chance to serve the city. thanks. >> okay, supervisor cohen. thank you. so, you've had so much experience doing that. don't you want to go to something else? [laughter] >> seriously. why do you want to be on this committee? like i said, i'm new to the city and this is what i know and this is what i love. so, this is a good starting point for me to get involved in the community. it's not all that i want to do, but it's certainly where i can gain traction quickly and help as quickly as i can. >> so, what brings you to the city? my wife and i moved here.
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we lived in the east bay for many years. my sons went away to college and we decided we wanted to live in downtown san francisco. thank you. >> thank you very much. okay, thank you. >> next person up would be sabrina lowell. hi, i'm sabrina lowell and i'm a 10 year resident here in san francisco. i am applying for seat 1 or 3. as a professional, i'm a certified financial planner. i work at a small business where 16 people specialize in financial planning and investment management. and outside of work i have been a part of the junior league of san francisco for 7 years. i served on their board for the last 2 years. predominantly in a fund-raising capacity, but more recently sitting on their enabling fund committee which has -- thank you -- which provides a bridge funding or emergency funding for local bay area nonprofits.
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so, reviewing grant applications and then liasing with 501(c) (3)s to determine what the project will look like, will it be on time, does it meet the scope of the workout lined in the grant application. i've also been very actively involved in the financial planning association which is the advocacy and membership body for financial planners. i've served on a number of committees within that organization. i'm also including the san francisco planning days providing financial planning to local bay area residents. so, i would welcome an opportunity to sit on this committee. i understand they are looking for more women, and feel like it would be a great opportunity to be a steward of the san francisco community and ensuring the bond revenues are spent [speaker not understood]
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that is on time and within budget and within the scope of the workout lined. thank you. >> okay. thank you. next person would be william bowen. thank you, supervisors. sounds like none of us were born here. i moved here from chicago in 1998. i had worked for kraft foods there. some of that experience i think is relevant for this circumstance. i was responsible for purchasing in the supply chain, so, i understand big organizations. we spent about $6 billion a year and we had about 55,000 people that were in the supply chain production and distribution. in that context, i did quite a bit of project management. more in the vein of installing computer system for forecasting
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and so forth, but i've had direct experience on the -- on project management. in san francisco in the time i've been here, i've done quite a number of things. two i feel really good about. one, i'm on the board at oakland military, one of governor brown's charter schools he started in oakland. i'm the secretary treasurer of the board. we transform lives. we have about 700 kids. almost none of their parents have gone to college, almost all the kids do, and almost all the kids graduate in four years. so, it's wonderful, wonderful experience. the other thing i've done here, i was foreman of the civil grand jury back in 2001-2002, worked closely with ed harrington and the auditors and the city attorney. we did two investigations which i was directly involved in on
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the subject of purchasing, how i was kind of curious how san francisco buys stuff and then i've done a bunch of that. after leaving the grand jury, we had a chapter, local chapter of the california grand jurors association. i was president of that for three years. we do recruiting, interviews and training for new people on the civil grand jury. one of the people on that grand jury -- this was 2002, was in the first cycle of the people on this committee, arlene singer. she served two cycleses and tells me it was a great experience, a great committee and something i would love to do. so, that's kind of what got me interested. i'm looking for something that's good government and not particularly policy oriented, policy for the elected people. the good government is
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something that i think we all feel strongly about. city has had some bad experiences with bonds back in just before i was on the grand jury, we had the problem with the school bonds and not -- i think some dissatisfaction with library bonds. we've got a huge bunch of bonds coming up, several hundred million dollars of bonds. this is kind of a management principle that is pretty important as well as transparency which had been mentioned. in the art of war, you don't want people that solve problems, you want people that prevent problems. so, you need to be thinking profoundly ahead of time and making sure the process is working properly. that's kind of a business philosophy that was important. so, i think it's relevant here that with hundreds of millions of dollars of bonds coming up, that we do them properly and not have problems after the fact. i appreciate the consideration
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and thank you very much for the work you do. >> thank you. any questions? seeing none, thank you very much. and our last applicant is jonathan alloy. good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for your time. my name is jonathan alloy. i was appointed in april 2011 to the citizens general obligation bond oversight committee. it is an honor to serve and i hope to continue doing so. during my first term i was twice elected vice-chair by my colleagues and have been strong partnerships with the chair, with our members, and with city staff to drive reforms that advance our oversight mission. i'd like to briefly illustrate some of those key achievements. first i lead the committee's first ever issuance of contracts for bond oversight using the $1 million in set-aside funds intendved for this purpose. we are now benchmarking best practices for community engagement and design reviews of capital projects to recommend improvements so that the challenges encountered with
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the bayview and north beach librarieses and lafayette parks and laguna honda hospital are not repeated. second, i called for increased attention to the [speaker not understood] program leading the public hearings and strength and focus by the controller's office and [speaker not understood] to resolve complaints on a timely basis especially those claiming retaliation for protected activities. third, committee members are now assigned adds liaisons to specific programs to develop subject matter expertise. i have personally spent many hours with dpw, fire and police working on the earthquake safety and emergency response bond including budget reviews and site visits to firehouses, auxiliary water supply system pump stations and the new public safety bond. just this week, for example, i was discussing how to ensure the rebuild a fire station in western addition respect surrounding neighborhood. fourth, following the tragedy at sandy hook in december, i brought the committee into the national discussion about gun violence in an appropriate way
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by leading passage of a motion for a directive for city officials to report on how we consider protocols for security for natural and [speaker not understood] emergency in design funded bond libraries and hospitals and other public buildings. i continue to fa fulfill the requirements for seat 3 by serving on the board of managers for the embarcadaro ymca, communications committee for jewish vocational services in the financial district, and as a member of the midtown terra homeowners association. i also spoke last year at the chamber of commerce, the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, san francisco state university, and the university of san francisco. professionally, i work downtown at wells fargo bank. i have an mba and have completed leadership san francisco and california connections fellowship. i bring a diverse voice to the committee as a son of an immigrant, the father of two small children, and as a homeowner in district 7 paying the property taxes that fund our general obligation bonds. it is gratifying to know that
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i'm making a positive difference through cgobok. i am seeking a second term to continue working hard to ensure our bond programs are on time, on scope and on budget, that our audit and whistleblower programs run effectively and in the public interest, and that the committee wisely uses its funds to uphold the wishes of voters. i am very appreciative of the many recommendations i have received from across our community and ask for your support for re-appointment. thank you. >> any questions? i have one. yes, sir. >> so, what -- you've served for one term. yes, sir. >> and, so, tell me what is so exciting about serving a second time? well, i feel like i've really been able to make a difference for the city. when i look at what we've done, with emergency response bond [speaker not understood] response fund, what we've been able to do with the blood program, the branch libraries improvement project, with the libraries program, with the parks programs, working with
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parks and rec. i feel like i've really been able to make a difference and serving as a committee officer, vice-chair, and hope to continue doing so or possibly moving up to chair if my colleagues would agree to that idea. so, i regularly have conversations with the controller, controller's office staff, city departments across the city and i feel like we've been able to accomplish meaningful reforms that advance our oversight mission. one brief example, since i started on the committee, there have been a couple of people who have come and spoken at every meeting i've attended about the status of their whistleblower complaints. and this is meaningful to them because they're claiming retaliation. they say, we lost our jobs because we were whistleblowers for the city. now, the cgobot committee does not directly oversee whistleblower ethics, [speaker not understood]. we oversee the entire whistleblower program. i had a call for hearings. members of the controller's
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office come and speak about why is there a backlog of complaints? what is taking so long to resolve these complaints that are filed on the whistleblower program? because of confidentiality reasons, i couldn't discuss individual cases, but what we saw in the months following is that they cleared out the backlog, including the resolution which i think came before the board of supervisors very recently for a settlement in that particular case, the gentleman who was coming. so, very gratifying as a homeowner, as a parent to see that i can make a difference in the city. >> thank you. >> you know, i have to say i thought being on the rules committee would be fun. it's not that much fun. it's just hard. you have to make all these tough decisions. ~ about people you don't even know. so -- >> before we do that, i'm going to ask if there is any public comment. >> that's a good idea.
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>> thank you. is there any public comments for this item? seeing none -- yes, there is. come on up. you have two minutes. good afternoon, everyone. just as a colleague of minnie ingersoll, i want to voice my support for how thoughtful she is. [speaker not understood]. i think this committee would be really well served to have her be a part of it. that's really all. thank you very much. >> excuse me. he's not going to get away that easy. [laughter] >> sir, please come back. look, he's getting flush now. is that what it is? i want to talk to you a little more about your relationship with minnie. what capacity have you worked wither? which civic projects, do you work on a team, do you report to her, does she report to you? explain a little more.
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absolutely. we are colleagues at google.org. we both work on the same team. i don't report to her nor does she report to me. we're peers. she's really been -- i'm relatively new to google. i've been there six months. she's been a supportive mentor to me, the mission and goals of what google is trying to do generally, build confidence in our team. i have had chance to observe her, her thinking, aspirations, supportive of being part of the san francisco civic community. i've been impressed with that. like i said, this committee would be well served to have her part of it. >> do you live in san francisco? i do. >> actively involved in the community? i'm a relatively new transplant. [speaker not understood]. >> you'll be back. yeah. [laughter] >> okay, all right. so, you have known minnie for six months, which is probably six more months than we have known her. i have actually known her.
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thank you for taking your time to voice your support for her. absolutely. >> thank you. >> thank you. any other public comments? seeing none, public comments is closed. and by the way, there are native san franciscans in this room. they're sitting right up here. all three of us. [laughter] >> thank you for clearing that up. [inaudible]. >> new people always think they're unique. [laughter] >> colleagues, i think supervisor cohen, you were beginning to share your thoughts. so, continue. okay. supervisor breed, do you have any thoughts? >> as usual, this is a challenge.
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it's really interesting. i don't necessarily feel that we really get a clear understanding in the applications that we receive of the candidates. and when they come before us, sometimes i'm impressed on paper, but i'm really usually blown away, it seems, when people come before us with a breadth of experience, with a lot of compassion and desire to serve, people with such amazing experience and talent. it makes it challenging. i like all of the candidates before me for so many different reasons. and i think our city would be served well with any of them. i do know that, you know, i can't say any specific names for any specific seat primarily because i have my different
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reasons for supporting different candidates. so, i think part of what i'd like to hear from my colleagues is just really a direction that they may be going in or interest in any of these seats for various reasons. as much as i think that all of the candidates, even though kia was not even present, i actually know her and respect her and respect her hard work in the community. even having someone speak on her behalf, that was quite impressive what she had to say. so, i -- goodness -- yes, thank you, supervisor cohen, for saving me. >> okay. let me jump in here a little bit. and really, my approach is we have an application, we have an interview, and then there are the facts. and the facts are such that we've got a committee where there are four men and there are two women. and and the ethnic makeup of
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this committee are primarily caucasian i think with the exception of you, mr. alloy. ~ alloy. >> alloy, thank you. so, i really make it no secret what i'm trying to do is, again, bring diversity to, to this commission, to this body, to any committee that we're dealing with here. because what i see this as is a committee a a pipe -- this committee and cacs are a pipeline that we are filling that will produce ~ the next leadership. so, the next supervisor, the next member of the board of education, so on and so forth. so, it's important that we are putting into this pipeline and training a really diverse population. so, we have the ability, we've got 8 applicants and there's actually 3 seats. so, i can tell you that i had an opportunity to sit down --
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to meet with minnie ingersoll and met with kia, and then i believe jonathan alloy also reached out to our office. and also for the people in the future, it's really helpful when you reach out to us because it gives us an opportunity to have one on one time and to develop a more of a feel and sense of direction of who you are and what direction you'd like to bring the committee that you're going to be working on, direction that you're going to bring this committee in. so, i just put forward three names of folks that i was most impressed with. maybe that might help you. >> what are they? >> again, not a problem. ms. ingersoll, [speaker not understood] and ms. alloy. >> thank you for your thoughts. so, here's my thoughts. again, a tough decision here.
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but i am impressed with many of them, of the candidates. and the ones that sort of floated up to the top for me included jonathan alloy, your commitment and what you've done and you have proven that you're already in leadership within the group. and the other person that floated to the top for me was kia. and i looked at her resume. i didn't get to meet her personally. when i looked at her resume, the wealth of experience she brings into this group would be great. and the fact that somebody came and spoke for her speak volumes since the person that spoke for her, leah, is somebody i also respect. so, those